Here is a printable version of a guide to Researching Fannin County History.

Honey Grove Preservation League

Saving and Documenting the History of Honey Grove, Texas

Research Tools for Honey Grove History

The following are tools and sources you may find helpful.

1.  The Fannin County GenWeb site:

There is a wealth of information on the Fannin County GenWeb site of interest to Honey Grove researchers.  The Preservation League works closely with the GenWeb project to avoid duplication of effort.  The GenWeb site includes detailed information on Fannin county cemeteries, including Oakwood, Cedar Hill and rural cemeteries such as Shiloh and McCraws Chapel, and the obituaries provide information on families in other counties.  This website also provides information on Oakwood and Cedar Hill.

Under the Books tab are indexed versions of Fannin County Folks and Facts and the Biographical Souvenir, as well as other resources.

2.  Oakwood Cemetery interment lists (Trout Record 

There are many, many burials at Oakwood Cemetery for which there are no tombstones.  The GenWeb site is adding records to its site when death certificates or obituaries indicate a burial for which there is no tombstone.  The Trout Record also contains information on burials for which there may be no tombstone.


This free online site is the best place to look for death certificates, which for Texas are generally available for 1905 forward.  It also contains Texas marriage records and much more.

4.  Books

A.  Fannin County Folks & Facts and the Biographical Souvenir are discussed above.  Both of these books are also available at the Portal to Texas History.

B.  Other key books are:

John Black's Pictorial History of Honey Grove, Texas, 1880-1925

One Hundred Years.  Honey Grove Centennial History 1873-1973

Historic Homes, Buildings & Locations of Honey Grove, Texas

Allens Chapel Scrapbook

Our Town, Windom, Texas

School Yearbooks (available on this site in the Education section)

Larry Dobbs and Rebecca Shirley history books.  His work is on the communities north of Honey Grove.  His books, which contain many photographs, include: Families of the New Salem Cemetery, Selfs, Texas (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6; Will Morgan Plantation & Honey Grove, the Early Years; Joe Goss Plantation and King Cotton at Honey Grove, Texas; Families of the Shiloh Cemetery (for the communities of Shiloh, Greens Chapel and Selfs); The Photographic Works & Collection of Elmer John Tyler; A History of Bois d'Arc Springs and the Greens Chapel Community (Part 1, Part 2), Ubell, Fannin County, A History of Monkstown and the Surrounding Area (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6)

​Obituary, Anniversary, Reunion and other "scrapbooks" in the Local History Room of the Honey Grove Library.

5.  Maps

We will be developing this section of our website.

6.  Newspapers

Honey Grove newspapers are online at the Portal of Texas History,

7. Directories

See this section of our website which include business directories, phone books and other directories.

8. is NOT a free site.  The Honey Grove Preservation League has developed a Honey Grove Family Tree, which contains information and photos for some Honey Grove families.   Contact the Honey Grove Preservation League for free access to this tree.